May Festivals 2018
May Festivals/मई त्यौहार: May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have the length of 31 days. May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
The month of May was named for the Greek goddess Maia. She was the goddess of fertility(May Festivals). The Romans had a similar goddess named Bona Dea(May Festivals). They held the festival for Bona Dea during the month of May(May Festivals). The Romans called the month Maius. The name changed over the years. It was first called May in the 1400s near the end of the middle Ages.
Going back to ancient times again, May 1 was a day for outdoor festivities and celebration. In Rome, May 1 fell at a time that was considered sacred to the goddess Flora, who was responsible for flowers(May Festivals). People back then celebrated the day by marching in flower-decked parades (not unlike the colorful floats we see in modern-day parades).
In the U.K., British people also observed some magnificent May Day customs. They put up maypoles in their village parks and, on the morning of May 1, all the kids in each village would go to the woods, gather “Mayflowers” (hawthorn blossoms) and decorate the maypole. The girls would wear their prettiest dresses, each hoping to be elected the May queen. Once a queen was chosen, she danced around the Maypole with her “Royal Subjects”.
The month May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea(May Festivals), whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for “Elders,” and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or “Young People”.
May is designated as Mental Health Month. The theme for 2017 is “Risky Business”, bringing attention to the importance of addressing mental health symptoms early, and identifying when behaviors and habit can be unhealthy(May Festivals). Mental Health Month is also defined as a time when we all need to help reduce the stigma surrounding those afflicted with mental health issues.
- Sankasht Chaturthi/संकष्ट चतुर्थी 03-05-2018
- Bhadrakali Ekadashi/भद्रकाली एकादशी 11-05-2018
- Apara Ekadashi/अपरा एकादशी11-5-2018
- Vat Savitri Vrat/वट सावित्री व्रत 15-05-2018
- Bhavuka Amavasya/भावुका अमावस 15-05-2018
- Adhi Maas/अधि मास 16-05-2018
- Ganga Dussehra/गंगा दशहरा 24-05-2018
- Padmini Ekadashi/पद्मनी एकादशी 25-05-2018
- Pradosh Vrat/Shani Trayodashi/प्रदोष व्रत/शनि त्रयोदशी 26-05-2018
- Jyestha Purnima/ज्येष्ठ पूर्णिमा 29-05-2018